BELTON — The first time Cortney Bruce visited Haiti, she realized the Third-World country was different from what she expected.
“It’s a beautiful country,” said Bruce, marketing coordinator for Hope for the Hungry.
Residents supported the local nonprofit Thursday during “Taste of Hope,” a picnic-style fundraiser at Frosti Cones.
“It’s been really good. We had a lot of people who came back (twice to support us),” said Jeff Pedigo, director of communications. “This community, from Killeen all the way to Temple, is very supportive of nonprofits, charities and causes.”
The group does outreach locally and in 17 countries around the world, Pedigo said. On Saturday, 21 volunteers will travel to Guibert, Haiti, for weeklong vacation Bible school, where they will hand out backpacks, school supplies and shoes to the children in the nonprofit’s orphanages.
Bruce said she was called to the ministry in college during a mission trip to Costa Rica, where she worked with orphans. Since 2010, she has visited Haiti five times with Hope for the Hungry.
“Just being able to provide them with food and schooling and a place to live — (those are things) a lot of kids in Haiti don’t get,” Bruce said. “(It’s fulfilling) just knowing that their lives will be forever changed because of a little piece of what I’m doing.”